To assess the appropriateness of using state-level data on uninsured hospitalizations to estimate the uninsured population.
The authors used 1992-1996 dala on hospitalizations of newborns and of appendectomy and heart attack patients in Florida to estimate the number of people in the state without health insurance coverage.
These conditions were selected because they usually require hospitalization and they are common across demographic categories.
Adjusted for the gender and ethnic composition of the population the percentages of uninsured hospitalizations for appendectomies and heart attacks produced estimates of the state's uninsured population 1.6 percentage points lower than those reported for 1996 in the US Census March Current Population Survey.
Data reported by hospitals to state agencies can be used to monitor trends in health insurance coverage and provides an alternative data source for a state-level analysis of the uninsured population.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hospitalisation, Indicateur, Assurance maladie, Protection sociale, Pauvreté, Statut socioéconomique, Epidémiologie, Taux, Corrélation, Homme, Floride, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Accessibilité, Soin
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospitalization, Indicator, Health insurance, Welfare aids, Poverty, Socioeconomic status, Epidemiology, Rate, Correlation, Human, Florida, United States, North America, America, Accessibility, Care
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0312580
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 16/11/1999.